The Envelope Podcast – Episode #72: American Beauty


Episode #72: American Beauty


Ladies & Gentlemen. Welcome to The Envelope Podcast. Here on The Envelope, we discuss & review every Best Picture Winner in the Academy Awards History.

On this episode, we discuss the seventy-second Best Picture Winner: “AMERICAN BEAUTY.”

“American Beauty” is a dark satire of American middle-class notions of beauty and personal satisfaction. The film follows Lester Burnham, an advertising executive who has a midlife crisis when he becomes infatuated with his teenage daughter’s best friend.  As he experiences a new awakening of the senses, his wife and daughter also undergo changes that seriously affect their family. Directed by Sam Mendes, the film stars Kevin Spacey as Lester Burnham, Annette Bening as Carolyn Burnham, Thora Birch as Jane Burnham, Wes Bentley as Ricky Fitts, Mena Suvari as Angela Hayes, Peter Gallagher as Buddy Kane, Allison Janney as Barbara Fitts, Chris Cooper as Colonel Fitts and Scott Bakula as Jim Olmeyer.

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